Finding Philosophy in Science Workshop

Vision and Aim

Exploring big questions

The question of what role philosophy has within science, if any, has grown in prominence. (Laplane et al, 2019 PhillinBioMed group) This workshop assumes that including philosophy within science is beneficial for both science and philosophy. Scientists have many commitments about aims and methods, about which inferences are good ones, and about what should be taken as evidence. Such topics are a central focus for philosophers. In particular, this workshop  investigates strategies for finding philosophy in science and for exploring the roles for questions that philosophers address have within the larger enterprise of science. Full flier coming soon! 

April 11-12, 2022

Mirabella at Arizona State University, Private Gathering Room
65 E. University Dr. Tempe, AZ 85281

RVSP required due to space

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The first part of the workshop recognizes a vigorous and varied tradition of locating philosophy within science. The presentations in this part discuss new research about mid-20th century views, collectively providing a useful point of departure for the broader topic of finding philosophy in science.

Chair: Michael Dietrich


The second part of the workshop explores Hasok Chang’s more recent proposal that history and philosophy of science might be thought of as complementary science. A panel with Chang will analyze his proposal and invite meaningful comparisons to those canvassed in the first part of the workshop.

Chair: Beckett Sterner


The third part of the workshop surveys various disciplinary approaches aimed at determining what role traditionally philosophic questions and commitments actually have in the ongoing work of scientific communities.

Chair: Susan Fitzpatrick



This workshop will lead to the development of scholarly articles for publication. It will also help ASU prepare for the third annual meeting of the PhilInBioMed International Network


This workshop is organized by Richard Creath and with special thanks to Jane Maienschein and Steve Elliott. It is funded in large part by a grant from the James S. McDonnell Foundation.


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Travel information

Hotel Information
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ASU's Anthony Travel books flights for ASU funded guests and the expense bills directly through ASU so it will not be out of pocket.  When you are ready to make travel plans, please contact ASU's Anthony Travel at 1-844-682-5052 or .  Your name is connected with the workshop information given to the travel agents already.  Feel free to provide them with any preferred flights.  They also are able to connect to frequent flyer programs.

Please note, ASU no longer reimburses airfare expenses and require flight purchase 21 days before departure.

Workshop Hotel:  The Westin Tempe Hotel  Phone:  +1 480-968-8885
The Westin Tempe Hotel is located at 11 E Seventh Street, Tempe, Arizona 85281.  Our out-of-state guests will be email separately with the group hotel reservation information.  The billing will also go directly through ASU with arrival on April 10th and departure on April 13, 2022.

  • For our international travelers, an additional hotel stay can be arranged before the meeting.  Once flights are confirmed, please let Jessica Ranney know if you will be traveling early to adjust the hotel booking.

The workshop is able to reimburse the following:

  • Airport ground transportation receipts
  • Ground transportation receipts for workshop events
  • Travel day meal receipts, tips should not exceed 20%

The workshop cannot reimburse the following:

  • Airfare purchase outside of ASU's Anthony Travel Agency
  • Hotel are arranged by ASU directly, individual reimbursements are not allowed.
  • Room service
  • Alcohol purchases

Domestic visitors

International visitors

Please email all forms to Elena Islas at the Center for Biology and Society to process your reimbursement.